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I think I may have broken my hard drive on my home PC. I opened it up (not sure why -mainly curiosity) and am not able to close it securely. now it makes a noise and won't boot. how do I recover the data on it? can I replace it with any hard drive?

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Once the hard drive seals are broken, and the drive platters were exposed, the drive is toast. Only way to recover data from it would be to send it into a professional hard drive recovery facility, but remember this can be costly operation. Not knowing what type of computer you have but to replace hard drive try to get the same interface as the one you have, (IDE or SATA) so cabling will be the same.

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